Merritt passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo.
He was born February 4, 1948 in Otsego, the son of Merritt Sr. and Lorna (Lickley) Bush. Merritt was a 1966 Otsego High School graduate. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as a door gunner with the Seawolves HAL3, DET 4. He worked at Menasha for many years until his retirement.
Merritt was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed taking walks in the woods, hunting and fishing. He also liked woodworking, reading, making beef jerky and taking frequent trips to Wal-Mart. Merritt was happiest when surrounded by his family, especially his grandchildren. He was a life member of the Otsego VFW Post #3030. In 2002 at their home in Otsego, he married Wanda Mapes who survives.
Also surviving are his sons, Merritt (fiancée, Tabitha) Bush III of Allegan and Mike (Stephanie) Bush of Otsego; step-son, Richard Mapes of Plainwell; 6 grandchildren, Michael (Katarina), Mathew, Stephen, Nathan (fiancée, Destiny), Dylan and Austin; a great-grandchild due soon as well as an older sister.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Friends may visit with Merritt’s family from 2-4 and 6-8 PM, Monday, May 10, 2021 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.
In accordance with covid -19 guidelines a limit of 25 people at a time will be allowed and masks and social distancing will be required.
Cremation will follow.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Military Honors by Otsego VFW Post #3030.
Contributions in memory of Merritt may be made to the Coronavirus Response Fund for Nurses or to the Otsego VFW Post #3030.
Messages of condolence may be posted at www.WinkelFuneralHome.com.